Owen Cavalier (Inkitt Edition) Vampire/Werewolf

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Chapter 23: Flashback #5

Lisa stormed out of the house, stumbling in her heels. Owen followed. The house party seemed indifferent to their drama.

“Lisa, just tell me what’s wrong, I can’t do anything about if you’re upset and you don’t tell me why.”

“Just forget it!” Lisa snapped, then calmed down some. “I just wanna go home, okay?”

“I wish you’d tell me what’s going on.”

“It’s nothing, please drop it.”

“Fine. Okay. Whatever.”

“Don’t be mad at me.”

“I’m not mad.”

“You’re saying you aren’t. But it kind of feels like you are.”

“What do you want me to say, Lisa? I don’t understand and you’re not talking to me. Feels like you’re shutting me out.”

“I’m not. I just… I can’t talk about this. Let’s talk about anything else.”

“Okay, okay. We can talk about something else.”

“Okay, well, my Mercury City University application came back. I have provisional acceptance into their junior programme, it’s supposed to make me a more likely candidate for when I apply next year. Provided I keep my grades up.”

“Uh, that’s good.”

“Wow, curb your enthusiasm, Cavalier.”

“Sorry, just… You’re set on Merc-U?”

“Are you not…?”

“To be honest… I don’t know.”

“Okay but we’ve been saying Merc-U for the last year and a half.”

“No, you’ve been saying Merc-U for the last year and a half. I went along because I didn’t really have any other plans. Now I don’t really know if it’s a great idea. I don’t even know if I’ll get in.”

“Where is this coming from?”

“I don’t know, I guess I’ve been having second thoughts for a while now.”

“Well if not Merc-U what’s your plan?”

“That’s just it, I don’t know if I have one. You know what you want to be and you have a vision of your future but I don’t think it occurred to you that everyone else might not have everything as figured out as you do.”

“That is not fair.”

“Well it’s how I feel. Turns out I don’t wanna do law like my dad. I don’t know what I want to do. I don’t know if I want to do it at Merc-U. That’s your dream, not mine.”

“So, what, we graduate and I move two cities away and you do some soul searching?”

“I don’t know. Don’t ask me to have this figured out tonight.”

“Fine, fine. Okay. We’ll figure it out.”

“Yeah.”

“Just…”

“Just?”

“You’re not just saying that because you plan on breaking up with me, right?”

“No.”

“We don’t have to be endgame. But then you should tell me that, because I’ve been operating under the assumption that we were. You don’t date someone since the eighth grade and not kind of assume you might be endgame.”

“It kind of sounds like you’re trying to make this into more of a thing than it is. I just don’t know if I want to go to the same university that you want to go to. Don’t make it a bigger thing.”

“It is a big thing! This is going to affect our future, you should tell me about stuff like that!”

“You’re the one who isn’t telling me anything! You stormed out in a huff from a party you were excited for all week and you won’t tell me why and now you’re mad at me for telling you I’m having doubts.”

“I just thought we were on the same page.”

“Well, maybe we aren’t.”

“Okay, fine. Maybe sitting in silence is better.”

“If that is what you want.”

“Whatever is fine with me.”

“I don’t know what you want from me.”

“I don’t want anything from you. I just want to go home.”

“Okay.”

“Okay.”

They sat quietly for a spell.

“You aren’t cold?”

“I don’t wanna go inside.”

“What’s inside that’s bothering you so much?”

“Fucking nothing, okay? Drop it. Drop it, please. I do not need you to try and fix this right now. There is nothing to fix, drop it, we can talk about it some other time. Can we just go home now? I just want to fall asleep in your bed. I’m so fucking tired of fighting. Please let’s never fight again.”

“I’m sorry. And I love you, Lisa. I love you. With the entirety of my being. And everything is going to be okay. I can’t promise we won’t fight again. But I can promise that everything will be okay.”

“Don’t make promises you can’t keep.” She smiled. Lisa started walking back towards Owen. She was about thirty centimeters from the sidewalk when headlights lit up her face from a speeding car.

A white Sudan collided with her. She hit her head on the windscreen and rolled off the back.

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